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HU women take 2nd at Hanover Invitational, men finish 14th

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HANOVER, Ind. – The Forester women’s track and field team opened up the outdoor portion of their schedule by finishing second at the Hanover College Invitational on Saturday while the men claimed 14th.

Christiana Hicks led the way for HU with three first place finishes. The Fort Wayne native took first in triple jump with a mark of 11.40 meters (37’5”) to not only establish a new personal best but also punch her ticket to the NAIA Outdoor National Championships slated for May 26-28 in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Hicks also set a new PR in the 100 meters by clocking in at 12.63 for another top finish and a new place in the HU record books, moving from 9th to 4th. Teammates Marian Harter (12.65) and Nicole Pennington (12.91) weren’t far behind as they claimed second and third respectively for the Huntington sweep in the 100. They also landed a spot in the Forester record books for logging the 5th and 10th fastest time in program history.

The trio along with Samantha McCoy would go on to boast first place in the 4x100 meter relay in 50.14.

Sprints proved to be HU’s strong suit as Harter also earned second in the 200 meters with her time of 27.10 while Pennington took 5th in 27.81. 

Christine Sparks claimed Huntington’s only other first place finish in the 1500 meters by crossing the line in 4:56.80. The Bloomington native also scored points in the 800 meters for her team with a 6th place finish in 2:32.60.

Other point getters for HU included Aspen Dirr in the 1500 meters (4th, 5:12.90), Krista Wood in the 5000 meters (7th, 20:37.95) and 3000 meter steeplechase (4th, 12:14.90), Kate Capkovitz in the 400 meter hurdles (2nd, 1:10.77), Michelle Kelsey in long jump (8th, 4.47 m), Jean Donaldson in javelin (2nd, 33.82 m) and hammer throw (8th, 41.34 m*PR) and Paige Coolman in javelin (8th, 27.80 m).

Hanover claimed the women’s title with 118 points followed by HU (107), Heidelberg (98), Manchester (62.5), Anderson (53), Earlham (53), Rose-Hulman (39), Thomas More (37), Trine (34), Bluffton (33), IU East (31), DePauw (29), Spalding (18), Wilmington (15), Mount St. Joseph (9.5) and Goshen (3).

The HU men, plagued by injuries, finished with 13 points behind Kai Foday’s 3rd place finish in javelin with a toss of 46.07 meters. Wyatt Jones scored twice in sprints, finishing 7th in the 100 meters (11.61) and 200 meters (23.43).

Other point getters for the men included CJ Roberson in the 400 meter hurdles (8th, 1:00.53) and Zach Herber in high jump (8th, 1.73 m).

Trine finished with 146 points to run away with the men’s title followed by Hanover (87), Rose-Hulman (85), Heidelberg (84), Anderson (51), DePauw (44), Wilmington (40), Manchester (32), IU East (27), Thomas More (23), Goshen (21), Bluffton (18), Spalding (16), HU (13), Mount St. Joseph (3) and Earlham (1).

The Foresters return to King Track and Field Stadium this Saturday to host their own invitational.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.